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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters/Breezes in

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Isabel DeOliveira, nj, USA
Report Number 2709
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Provo, Roatan & the Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 80    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
bottom time and depth  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
On boat camera rinse tank was not exclusively used for jsut cameras
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
1 stars    
To maximize our 7 day April, 2006 trip to Brezes Curacao, we wanted to do
our check out dives bright and early the morning of the 2nd day of our
trip. We promptly arrived at the counter at 7am to fill out the paperwork.
4 employees were deep in conversation about nothing work related. We
waiting over 5 minutes and had to interrupt them from their conversation,
to get service. Ocean Encounters told us that the mandatory checkout dives
were only done in the afternoon.  My partner and I came back promptly after
lunch and were sadly informed that the checkout dives and shore diving had
been cancelled because of some surging currents in the channel. After
complaining that no one contacted me about the cancellation; we were
"accommodated" by being put on the afternoon 1 tank boat dive. I
concluded that the mandatory check out dive is much more voluntary. 

Afternoon boat trips are usually exclusively to The Tugboat because of the
snorkelers.  This is fine but I was not informed prior to booking 5
afternoon boat dives.  The advertising gives a false impression that the
divers help make the decision.  I did not want to dive the same site 5 days
in a row.  I was not reimbursed for my full prepaid deposit.  The shore
diving is fine if you don't mind the tall wooden ladder exit.  The surge
wasn't bad on the days we shore dove.  Tanks weren't all filled up to
3000psi.  My partner dove the Superior Producer.  This is advertised as one
of the best dives on the island. Max dive time 20 minutes and 3 divers got
caught in the surging current and had to be retrieved off another buoy
marker.  Again, prior knowledge would have been helpful. 

We'll dive Curacao again, but not with Ocean Encounters.  The dive shop
staff was not friendly or helpful. We told them and they don't care.
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